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The SDG Academy (formerly known as SDSNedu) is an initiative of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network to create and curate free, graduate-level online courses on sustainable development. We bring together the world’s foremost experts to offer a comprehensive core curriculum on issues integral to the sustainability of our planet – including health, education, climate change, agriculture and food systems, sustainable investment and other related fields.

As a massive open online education platform, the SDG Academy’s courses are fully interactive, so you can meet, debate and learn from both our global faculty of sustainable development experts and your fellow students.

Learn more about the SDG Academy in the video below, and check back here for information on available and upcoming courses.

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Our Team

The SDSN Association, an independent non-profit organization that was set up to support the work of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), hosts the SDG Academy and is made up of a dedicated team of professionals who are committed to the idea that sharing knowledge can change the world.

Chandrika Bahadur

Director

Chandrika Bahadur is the Director of the SDG Academy. From 2008-2011, she was advisor to the chairman and managing director at Reliance Industries. There, she helped set up Reliance Foundation, a nonprofit philanthropic foundation focusing on areas of education, health, rural development, and urban renewal. From 2001-2008, Chandrika worked with the United Nations in different roles. In her last assignment, she was a Policy Advisor at UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy in New York, working in Africa to help Ministries of Finance and Planning align their strategies to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) across 20 countries. From 2003-2006, she was part of the leadership team of the UN Millennium Project, an advisory group convened by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to recommend strategies for the MDGs. From 2001-2002, she worked on trade and HIV and AIDS programs at the United Nations. She has prior teaching experience at Harvard University and Columbia University.

Chandrika holds a Master’s degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a BA (Honours) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

Chiteisri Devi

Education Manager

Chiteisri Devi is an Education Manager at the SDG Academy. She previously worked as a researcher at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Rule of Law Programme, Asia based in Singapore where she, inter alia managed country profiles, conceptualized and developed its pan-Asian Environmental Law Talks and edited its publication Rule of Law: Perspectives from Asia. Prior to this, she worked as a legal officer to Paryavaran Mitra, an environmental NGO based in Gujarat, India, where she carried out fieldwork towards gathering evidence for pro bono litigation against defaulting Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) projects.  From 2006–2011, her work experiences with environmental NGOs such as Environment Support Group (2006), Tarun Bharat Sangh (2008 and 2009) and Centre for Science and Environment (2010) affirmed her interests in law with environmentalism, whilst broadening her outlook towards understanding its linkages to gender issues and overall sustainable development. Chiteisri is a Young India Fellow of its founding class of 2012. She holds a Masters degree in Anthropology, Environment and Development from University College, London (UCL) and an undergraduate degree in Law from ILS Law College, Pune.

Florencia Librizzi

Head of Program and Partnerships

Florencia Librizzi is the Head of Program and Partnerships at the SDG Academy. Florencia is a sustainability and education professional as well as an international attorney, licensed to practice law in Argentina and New York state. Previously, she devoted over 6 years to building the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), an initiative of the United Nations Global Compact. Under her strategic leadership, the program reached over 730 participants in more than 90 countries. Florencia also served as a consultant for the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) advising on issues of accountability for mass atrocity and human rights abuse through transitional justice mechanisms. From 2006-2011, Florencia practiced law advising business and non-business clients on a wide range of legal and sustainability issues. She has prior research and teaching experience at Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Universidad Empresarial Siglo 21 and NYU School of Law and has published several articles and book chapters. She holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) magna cum laude from Universidad Nacional de Córdoba and Masters of Laws (LL.M.) from NYU School of Law and is a Ph.D. candidate at Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. At NYU, she was granted the Dean’s Award, distinguished as a Transitional Justice Scholar and has served as editor of the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics.

Shannon Kobran

Education Manager

Shannon Kobran

Shannon is an Education Manager at the SDG Academy. She comes to the SDSN most recently from a New York-based nonprofit that promotes cultural exchange between international university students and local communities. Prior to that, Shannon worked with UNDP’s Talent Development Unit to evaluate and revise an online leadership development program aimed at UNDP managers worldwide. She also spent more than five years as an editor and project manager for an educational publishing house, developing both print and digital products. Shannon holds a Master’s degree in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University, where her research focused on the intersection of technology and intercultural education. She credits her interest in international education to her own intercultural experiences and the formative year she spent studying abroad in the U.K. while pursuing her B.A. at Dickinson College, where she majored in English literature.

Jenna Makowski

Education Manager

Jenna is an Education Manager at the SDG Academy. She comes to SDSN from the higher education publishing sector, where she worked for 5 years as an editor and product manager, creating and managing digital databases for university libraries. Her interest in online education and sustainable development began with a project to build a digital collection of videos and learning materials about climate change and sustainability from indigenous perspectives. Jenna holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Indiana University, and is currently working on a graduate certificate in Sustainability Management at The New School in New York City. She is also a certified TEFL/TESL instructor, and spent 3 years teaching English as a Second Language in Russia, Poland and Washington D.C.

Neha Sharma

Education Manager

Neha Sharma

Neha is an Education Manager at the SDG Academy. Prior to joining SDSN, she led the education technology vertical at Arthan Foundation, which aims to provide career planning and employability skills to middle school children. Before Arthan, she was associated with Pratham Education Foundation, where she led Pratham’s tech based initiative, which leverages technology to create self- learning environments in groups.  Neha has over 6 years of experience in the field of development and research. Her area of interest is digital learning and designing pedagogical tools for education technology. She is a bio-technologist by training and served as a Research Scientist at Ludwig Maximilians Universitat, Munich, Germany and as Assistant Professor at National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar. She holds a Master’s degree in Biotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati.

Amber Webb

Senior Advisor

Amber Webb

Amber Webb is a Senior Advisor for the SDG Academy, and previously served as the Head of Program and Partnerships. Prior to joining SDSN, she was a consultant for Save the Children International and the U.S. Institute of Peace, where she provided research support and guided policy/program development. Amber has also worked extensively in humanitarian contexts with expertise in facilitating education during periods of crisis. Particularly, she has provided support in post-earthquake Nepal and directed a NGO in northern Iraq. Amber holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, a Master’s degree from Columbia University, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland studying international education policy. Her research centers on displaced children and barriers to youth empowerment and peacebuilding.

University Partnership Program

Learn here how your university or academic institution can get privileged access to the SDG Academy course materials to tailor and use in your own education programs. Email upp@sdgacademy.org with any questions.


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Go to SDGAcademy.org to check out available courses, including:

The Age of Sustainable Development

Climate Change: The Science and Global Impact

Sustainable Food Systems: A Mediterranean Perspective

Planetary Boundaries, Human Opportunities

…and more!